Loot­ing un­re­lated to seek­ing jus­tice

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

The brazen loot­ing of Loop stores on Sun­day night and Mon­day morn­ing had noth­ing to do with seek­ing so­cial jus­tice. It was crim­i­nal­ity, plain and sim­ple. It ought to have been met with the harsh­est po­lice re­sponse pos­si­ble.

It jeop­ar­dized ef­forts by many lead­ers to ad­vance re­form goals that could re­verse eco­nomic stag­na­tion in mostly Black ar­eas. It gave Don­ald Trump greater im­pe­tus to “send in the feds.” It em­bar­rassed Mayor Lori Light­foot. It un­der­mined the con­cept of “restora­tive jus­tice.” It erased gains made by Black Lives Mat­ter.

Among many older Chicagoans, the loot­ing res­ur­rected memories of Mayor Richard J. Da­ley’s 1968 “shoot to kill” or­der to the po­lice, a di­rec­tive not obeyed, in re­sponse to ri­ots in re­ac­tion to the as­sas­si­na­tion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It strength­ened cur­rent ar­gu­ments by the Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice for greater free­dom to get tough. It has un­der­mined Cook County State’s At­tor­ney Kim Foxx’ more le­nient ap­proach to first-time of­fend­ers.

Chicago’s rep­u­ta­tion has taken a hit. Law­less­ness must be met with dra­co­nian mea­sures or we risk los­ing Chicago to the van­dals. Is our cur­rent lead­er­ship up to the task? Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

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